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Wijnaldum: Scratchy Win Shows Liverpool Progress

Wijnaldum: Scratchy Win Shows Liverpool Progress

Georginio Wijnaldum believes Liverpool’s narrow win at Sheffield United is an example of the progress being made under manager Jurgen Klopp. While winning the Champions League in June was hugely significant in terms of Klopp securing his first trophy, there are other factors by which the development of his squad can be measured.

Last season, when they missed out on a first title since 1990 by a single point, Liverpool drew seven matches – including against West Ham United, Leicester City and Everton.

In response to that Premier League heartache, the Reds have made a perfect start to their 2019/20 domestic campaign, winning all seven matches to open up a five-point gap over defending champions Manchester City.

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Liverpool nearly dropped their first points of the season on Saturday when they were less than impressive at Brammal Lane, but a huge error from United keeper Dean Henderson handed the visitors a 1-0 win.

Netherlands international Wijnaldum, whose strike led to that error, has praised the spirit of the squad and feels the scrappy success against the Blades shows the Reds are making huge strides. “Every win feels like a big win now. This was really difficult but we still won it,” he said.

“You see we make progression with what we did. Back in previous years, we had to play good to win the games. Now we play bad and still win games. “I think progress we have made is that we win the games we haven’t played well in. Hopefully, when we don’t play well we can still win games.”

Liverpool return to action on Wednesday when they welcome Salzburg to Anfield in the Champions League. The reigning European champions lost their opening group match 2-0 in Napoli, while their Austrian opponents thumped Genk 6-2 to get off to a fantastic start.

Klopp may decide to shuffle his pack for the contest with the likes of James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, who were all named on the bench for Saturday’s win over the Blades, all pushing for starts.

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